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Children's views of cooking and food preparation

Caraher, M., Baker, H. & Burns, M. (2004). Children's views of cooking and food preparation. British Food Journal, 106(4), pp. 255-273. doi: 10.1108/00070700410529537


A series of consultations with eight- and nine-year-old children in three schools in England and Wales are set out. The aim of the consultation was to determine how children view the world of cooking and food. A technique called draw and write was used to ascertain the views of the young people. The reports from the children in this survey display a disparate food culture. The Wales and Herefordshire schools showed a greater propensity for chips and fried foods as the mainstay of many meals, but this inclination was less evident in the London school. Overall the research suggests a lot of commonality, but also differences between the schools in terms of how food culture is interpreted geographically.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Cooking, Children (age groups), Family
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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